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Palliative Care Victoria announces new CEO

Palliative Care Victoria, has announced the appointment of Adjunct Associate Professor Violet Platt as its new CEO, effective from 22nd June 2020.

Most recently, Ms Platt worked as the Co-Director and Director of Nursing at WA Department of Health, where she was responsible for the strategic development of the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network.

Within this role, she also led the development of national and state-wide cancer reforms. Ms Platt has over 30 years’ experience working in the health sector, first as a Registered Nurse and for the last 13 years as a senior executive in WA Health, achieving a Lifetime Achievement Honour, in 2016, for her contribution to leadership, nursing, cancer and palliative care services by the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards committee.

Throughout her professional career, Ms Platt has served as a Board Member at Cancer Council WA and a Trustee at the Western Australian Nurses memorial Charitable Trust, She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with Edith Cowan University and Notre Dame University of Australia.

Ms Platt comes to the organisation with an extensive experience in the health and palliative care industry and says she is looking forward to continuing the positive work of Palliative Care Victoria in promoting palliative care as a human right for all Victorians.

“Throughout my career in the healthcare industry, I have seen first-hand how important the role of palliative care is to providing a positive experience at end of life,” said Ms Platt.

“Supporting people to live, die and grieve well is so important to me. I’m looking forward to joining Palliative Care Victoria and building on the hard work of the existing Board and management to take the organisation to the next level,” Violet added. Palliative Care Victoria was formed close to four decades ago to act as the peak body for palliative care and end of life care in Victoria, with the aim of ensuring all people with a life limiting illness, regardless of their background, and their families are supported to live, die and grieve well.

As a founding member of Palliative Care Australia, they also contribute to national policies and initiatives in collaboration with other state and territory palliative care peak bodies.

Taken from Palliative Care Victoria media release 24 June 2020. 

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